Champions at last, Glendora leaves no doubt in dominant 10-3 victory to claim Division 2 title, and first championship in 59-year history

By Steve Ramirez, staff writer
LAKE ELSINORE
— It took Glendora High School nearly six decades to reach its first CIF-Southern Sectional baseballchampionship game. It proved to be worth the wait. Second basemen Joseph Woodward went 3 for 3 and pitcher Adam Plutko outdueled highly-touted Taijuan Walker and the Tartans won their first CIf-SS title with a 10-3 victory over Yucaipa in the Division 2 title game at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. (To continue reading, click thread).

Glendora’s championship photo gallery

CIF-SS Division 2 championship
Score by innings

Yucaipa 100-101-0–3-5-1
Glendora 030-304-x–10-12-0
How they scored:
Yucaipa 1st: Leonard Malfvon singed to center field. He advanced on a sacrifice and scored on a line-drive triple down the left field line by Wyatt Padgett. Glendora’s Adam Plutko got Taijuan Walker and Matt Hardison on groundouts. Yucaipa 1, Gledora 0.
Glendora 2nd: Kyle Layton lead off double to right. Jacob Cage singled to right, Layton beating the throw home, Cage advances to second, 1-1. Brennan Salgado tripled to right center, scoring Cage for a 2-1 lead. Max Shih walked, first and second. Joseph Woodward follows with a single to left, Salgado scoring, 3-1.
Yucaipa 4th: Grady Espinosa hit a one-out triple to center that would have been a homer in any high school park. He scored easily on Alex Morabito’s ground-out to second, trimming the Tartans’ lead to 3-2.
Glendora 4th: Salgado leads off with a walk, followed by Shih, who walks after trying to bunt, then working the count. Yucaipa’s 6-foot-5 pitcher Taijuan Walker comes out of the game, Pedro Cota in to replace him. Joseph Woodward beautiful bunt up third, the throw sails away, Salgado scoring, Shih to third, Woodward to second, still no outs, 4-2. Clinton Harwick comes big, smacking a single to center to drive in Shih and Woodward, Tartans leading 6-2.
Yucaipa 6th: With two outs, Matt Hardison singled, Dallas Alexander running for him. Grady Espinosa singled, putting runners on first and third. On Adam Putko’s pickoff attempt at first, a balk was called, Alexander scoring, Espinosa to second.
Glendora 6th: Clinton Harwick lead single. After a strikeout, John “the best swing in the valley” Alexander drove a double off the wall in left-center, scoring Harwick, 7-3. Winterburn walks, first and second. Layton promptly triples to left-center, driving in Alexander and Winterburn to go up, 9-3. Layton scores on a pass ball, 10-3.


Glendora also got two RBIs each from John Alexander and Kyle Layton.
“It’s just a great accomplishment for a great group of guys,” said Glendora coach Dan Henley, whose team won its final 12 games to finish 27-2-1 and rank among the best in Southern California. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet (winning the first championship). Maybe one
day I can look back and say, ‘Wow! We won the first championship, but really I just so proud of these guys. This is a special group.”
Glendora showed how special, making Walker, who some publications have him going in the first round of these week’s Major League Baseball First-Player Draft, look like just another pitcher.
Glendora, which trailed 1-0 in the first, turned the tide on the Thunderbirds (27-6), scoring three runs in the second and four innings to chase Walker.
“We just sat on his fast ball,” said Woodward, who had three of Glendora’s 12 hits. “He likes to just come at you and go with his fastball, and we were able to take advantage of that.”
Glendora showed it in the second, quickly erasing its early deficit after a lead-off double by Kyle Layton and took a 2-1 following an RBI single by Jacob Cage and a triple by Brennan Salgado. Woodward then singled to make it 3-1.
“You have to be impressed with Glendora,” Yucaipa coach Jeff Stout said. “They are a very good team. They make contact.”
Yucaipa, getting an RBI ground out by Alec Morabito, cut it 3-2 in the fourth. But Glendora countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to all but put the issue to rest.
Brennan Salgado and Max Shih led off with walks before Woodward beat
out a bunt single. Salgado then scored on a throwing error to make
it 4-2 before a Clinton Harwick two-run single made it 6-2.
“We know that’s our moment,” Salgado said. “Pitchers facing us in the
lower part of the order don’t want to walk us, because then they have
to deal with the big guys up top. We did a good job of taking
advantage of that today.”
Plutko took it from there. The senior, after giving up two hits in
the first inning, gave up just one over the next four innings before
finishing with a five-hitter and three strike outs.
“They started chasing some pitches,” Plutko, who finished 10-1,
including 2-0 in the playoffs, which included a no-hitter in the
quarterfinals. “I saw that, and just went from there.”
Yucaipa made it 6-3 in the sixth before Glendora, getting a key an
RBI double by Alexander and two-run triple by Layton, put the
finishing touches on the championship with four runs in the sixth for
a 10-3 advantage.
Plutko then retired the Thunderbirds in order in the seventh, getting little-used Caleb Nazario on strikes to punctuate Glendora’s victory.
“I just tried to stay focused, like I always do,” Plutko said. “I do
that whether I’m up by one run, or leading by seven in the
championship game. There’s a song like called ‘I have Ice in my
Veins.’ I kept repeating that to myself. ‘I have ice in my veins. I
have ice in my veins,’ and I was able to get the third out.”

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  • Coors Light Kid

    i was having some cold beverages with Adam last night and he said his elbow was a little tight. Lets see if it effects him. Man up P!

  • Plutko Fan

    It probably didnt help that we played darts till 2am!! He’ll be fine.

  • EvanLeigh

    No need to read Fred’s blog when you can watch the game on iBN…
    ibnsports.com

  • STUPID

    COORS LIGHT AND PLUTKO FAN, WHHHHHHHHHHHHHY WOULD YOU MAKE COMMENTS LIKE THAT??? THAT’S JUST PLAIN OUT STUPID! SO NOW IF GLENDORA LOSES, WE ALL KNOW WHY!

    THAT MY LITTLE CHICKADEE’S ,IS CALLED (DRY SNITCHING)! SO KEEP YOUR LITTLE COMMENTS TO YOURSELVES AND YOU BETTER HOPE GLENDORA WINS!

    Haven’t you heard the sayin, what happens in GLENDORA stays in GlENDORA, you snot nose little BRATS!

  • Frank

    Good job Glendora well deserved,
    Bonita good job too, lost a tough one

  • Huskies in the House!

    Frank,

    You have the personality disorder Narcissism and the traits of egotism that resembles vanity, conceit, and simple selfishness. I really wish just ONE TIME you would list your credentials because I feel your input on this blog makes you over qualified to post any comments.

    By the way, I’ve asked several different walks of life about you and everyone says what I’ve already stated and seriously do not like you.

    Have a good evening buddy old pal!

  • Sherlock

    Well I thought I would end the season with my old post and say I told you so…………
    Had fun and good luck to all the seniors going to college. Congrats to both Glendora and Bonita. Great runs and you made the Valley proud.
    It was really cool to have watched both teams play quite a bit this year. Sad it has to end now.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My ranking is Glendora, Amat, So Hills call them the Big 3 as they will be swapping places all season long in the rankings. Now just rank the rest of the also rans as the rest.

    Fred,

    It just goes to show what happens when amat is not involved in something, you dont get the respect you deserve. Heck Glendora did not even merit a nice article the next day or Monday, ouch. Ill bet if Amat won it, well u get my drift.. For Amat to pass on the Glendora tourney , was a travesty and a huge injustice to the SGV. I bet napoleon figured out that he would have had to face one of their 5 count em 5 stud senior pitchers (Plutko, Gonzales, Smigelski, Cage, and Winterburn). Without doubt the best total staff in the SGV and quite possibly socal. Coach Henley is now smart and taking a page from Northview by giving the kids roles: starters, middle relievers, and a closer (like Andrade). Great formula for winning. (just loved how cage pitched the other night, he would be most schools #1)

    For all the Amat fans I do not want to hear about the level of competition because whoever they would have played in the Glendora tourney would have thrown their number 1 anyway. And baseball is all about pitching. Period. Getting crushed by O lu when their guy did not have their best stuff and they had to bring in a very average reliever well that is not what elite teams are all about. Amats pitching that night was exposed. And wait to their arms get tired in 2 weeks..

    And the question now remains does amat have enough pitching to win it all? That sound u hear is me throwing up some of the words I ate a few days ago. And what happened to the hitting? Amat is very very good , nice to see our valley doing so well. But and this is a big butt will they have enough pitching, we will see come natl classic time. Sure would have liked to see Glendora with plutko going against amat with paez, now that would have been fun and what a crowd that would have turned out. Glendora is very very good and should have been ranked number one. And if they go to Diamond Bar and win against Ken Mathews well what else do you need to change the ranking??? If it stays the same (even if amat wins a game or two) well as Jack said in a few good men you want the truth you cant handle the truth.

    My ranking is Glendora, Amat, So Hills call them the Big 3 as they will be swapping places all season long in the rankings. Now just rank the rest of the also rans as the rest.

  • KNARF

    Huskie in the House

    Conveniently someone is coming on here with names I’ve used. I actually know who it is. But thanks for the kind words. Means allot to me that you taking the time to want to engage me and are seeking medical opinions regarding my health and well being. I’m not sure but Freud had a diagnosis for that condition as well, Obsessive Fixation Disorder. But I digress.

    This comment has been held for approval by the blog moderator and dickface, THE TEH, joemama, King Stud, and other drive by artist that has existed or will exist. I hope it meets your approval.

    I especially liked LEONITUS.

    ALL CAPS…that’s a new one.

  • kh

    sherlock,
    your about as dumb as the dog you hang around with..
    div.4 amat gets blowin out early in the playoffs,
    div 3 s.h. get there lunch packed by lancaster.
    BONITA SMOKES LANCASTER 11 TO 1 IN THE SEMI FINALES AT CIF BASEBALL PLAYOFFS.LOST 2 TO 1 TO A TEAM OCEAN VIEW, WHICH BEAT # 1 BECKMAN ,GAHR.
    IN CLOSING PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF AMATS AND S.H. BOOTY.
    AM NOT EVEN GOING TO SAY THEY CHOKED,
    THEY WERENT THAT GOOD. FRED PUT THEM WAY HIGH IN GODS CLOUDS, THE BASEBALL GODS HAD TO STEP IN AND TAKE OVER THERE DEPTMENT , HELP THE BIG GUY OUT,.GET OVER IT.
    #1 GLNDORA
    #2 BONTA
    #3 AMAT
    #4 SH
    #5 DR
    #6 DB
    #7 NV
    #8 CO
    #9 LA
    #10 SV.WALNUT,
    ONE MORE HIGH SCHOOL GAME SAT. THE UNDERCLASSMEN GAMES.SHOULD CHANGE THE NAME,DONT LIKE PEOPLE CALLING KIDS UNDERCLASSED,HOW ABOUT THE,
    ”PRE SENIOR ALL STAR GAMES”
    THEN ITS FOOTBALL SEASON CANT WAIT.
    GO BEARCATS.
    AM GOING TELL YOU GUYS IF WE LOSE MORE THEN 2 GAMES THIS YEAR.WE HAD A BAD SEASON.
    WE ARE STRONG,
    FRED DONT RANK US WAIT TELL WERE IN THE PLAY-OFFS THEN SAY DAME AGAIN KH IS RIGHT,DO YOUR HOME WORK.

  • BIG FAN

    THANKS J FOR THE HOT TIP !

    YOUR TRAIL IS GLARING

  • kh

    sorry damien,
    i know i forgot one outstanding area team,
    damien.
    there going in my #4 slot.
    1 glendora
    2 bonita
    3 amat
    4 damien
    5 sh
    6 dr
    7 db
    8 nv
    9 co
    10 la sd sd sv wal